When planning a wedding, nearly every facet is optional; from wearing a tailored suit in lieu of a wedding dress to abandoning the floral arrangements and wedding cake, there is one detail you cannot avert: a wedding and reception venue. After all, where will your family and friends gather to celebrate your special day?
Finding the perfect reception venue isn't effortless; with so many reception venue possibilities to choose from, an elegant ballroom, a rustic barn, a warm inviting restaurant, or a tranquil stretch of beach, how do you choose.
Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue in Lafayette, La.
Speak with a Wedding Planner First
You might not think of involving a wedding planner before you look at event spaces, but planners are far more likely to be familiar with venue options throughout the area; venue layout and capabilities, and the décor and time necessary to transform the space into your dream wedding and reception venue.
Choose a Venue That Supports Your Vision
While this seems an obvious statement, many brides start with a specific venue in mind only to discover the cost of decorating to match your vision cost more than choosing a venue with the correct bones charges to rent. For example, if your vision is of a more contemporary reception, consider an art gallery, modern restaurant, or a warehouse. On the opposite side, a wedding integrating natural elements is better suited to an outdoor wedding and reception venue such as a beautiful backyard, park, riverfront, or ranch. Finding a venue with the structural bones of your vision will assist in connecting your wedding and reception to the space.
Ready Your Guest List
Knowing the maximum number of guests you're inviting before shopping venues will help save you time and heartache. Venues have a max capacity, and if you set your heart set on a specific venue that is too small for your list, it will lead to unnecessary stress and heartache. The guest list is key to budgeting and venue choices; we suggest couples have the guest list conversation early.
Consider Your Budget
Most wedding and reception venues charge a fee to lease their space; however, venues with in-house catering also charge a price-per-plate per guest. In addition, décor such as floral arrangements and accessories, need to be included in your budget. Knowing your budget ahead of time will serve you well when it comes to choosing your venue. Suppose you decide on your venue first, only later to realize the expense consumes most of your budget. In that case, you are in for an uphill battle trying to stay within your budget when you have yet to hire your photographer, videographer, music, and possibly more.
Unsure how to set a wedding budget? Start interviewing local wedding planners; this is where they shine.
Consider What is Included
If you are comparing venues that offer full service (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) and others that do not, start pricing rental fees. While venues that offer full-service charge more, you may find that renting these items closes the gap on pricing.
Keep in mind that rental items tend to be very basic designs and quality, with options to upgrade. So be sure you are getting a quote for the quality of rental items you really want, and not just an over-the-phone starting at price. Furthermore, in-house food and beverage catering may not share the tax and gratuity on their quote, be sure to carefully review your quote and add an additional 25-30% if this line is missing.
Are you investigating elegant wedding and receptions spaces in Lafayette La? Be sure to add Le Pavillon at Parc Lafayette to your list, or call to schedule your private viewing 337.371.1076.
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